What the Soccer Guys are Reading — Sept. 15, 2010

Arsène Wenger's legacy at Arsenal will be affected if the Gunners can't bring home the Champions league trophy during his tenure. Courtesy khanh_coltech

BBC — Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia set to miss rest of season

Ranger’s defender Kirk Broadfoot took down Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in the 62nd minute of yesterday’s Champions League game with what looked like a relatively routine challenge, especially considering what the Scottish and English Premier league teams are use to. But, Valencia went down in a heap, clutching his ankle and Broadfoot waved to the physios to hurry onto the field because Valencia had broken his ankle, and it wasn’t a pretty site. Now, the United midfielder will be out for the rest of the season and may never be the same explosive and promising player again.

Sky Sports — Dalglish wanted Reds job

Kenny Dalgish is the last manager to hoist England’s top-flight trophy while in charge of Liverpool. He has a legacy not only as a manager, but also as a player for the Merseyside club. And he wanted the vacant manager position at the club earlier this summer after Rafa Benitez was relieved of his duties. Dalgish didn’t get the position, it went to former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson, because the board felt that the Reds legend had a more vital role as an ambassador for the club.

Telegraph — Champions League 2010/11: legacy stands tall for Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger — by Jeremy Wilson

Arsenal came so close to winning the Champions League in 2006, the team was 15 minutes away from beating Barcelona and sealing the club’s first ever Champions League trophy, but the team couldn’t hold on and ended up losing, 2-1. That’s the closest Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has come to sealing the mightiest trophy in Europe — something no club from London has ever done, including Chelsea. Can the Frenchman be considered one of the best managers in the history of the Premier league and English soccer without conquering Europe? He has been successful in Europe’s top competition, Arsenal has moved past the group stage every year since 1996, when Wenger took over. But he is still missing one piece of hardware in his trophy cabinet and this could be the year he grabs it, if his team can stay healthy of course.

The Guardian —  Arsène Wenger condemns tackle on Arsenal’s Abou Diaby by Paul Robinson — by Dominic Fifield

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has witnessed some horrific injuries while in charge of Arsenal int he past few years. He saw Eduardo break his ankle in such a horrific manner that the television executives decided not to replay the gruesome tackle because of how graphic it was. Last year, Aarron Ramsey was making a name for himself as the next great hope for Welsh soccer as an 18 year old, and then he went down in the same fashion as Eduardo. Both were scary tackles to watch, and Wenger doesn’t want to see it happen again. the Frenchman has not been shy to express his feelings about the way the Premier league referees and officials protect (or don’t protect) the players on the field. This isn’t the first time Wenger has called for stricter regulations on improper tackles, and it won’t be the last.

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